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UPRedsFan
06-09-2009, 09:25 AM
In my never ending attempt to make this board more positive, here are some optimistic thoughts...

If someone would have told you on opening day that EE and Votto would be on the DL, Volquez would miss starts with ailments, Bruce would slump this bad, Phillips would break his thumb, Gonzalez would be hitting .211 in June, Lincoln would fall off a cliff, what record would you have predicted for June 9? And yet, they are over .500 and in striking distance of the top. Had they pulled out that last extra inning game against the Cubs and maybe squeaked one out against Mil., they'd be 1/2 game out of first.

They will come back.

bounty37h
06-09-2009, 10:23 AM
UP, thanks, good post and love the good vibes!!!

mivers176
06-09-2009, 11:58 AM
i agree. however, i think we were 3 for 31 with RISP in that Cubs series, that is just embarrassing. i just dont see how with the bases loaded and one out twice we dont score and end it.

if Votto doesnt come back in the near future, we HAVE to pick up a bat somewhere, someone who can hit .300+ with a little pop - we're just lacking consistent high average batter.

sivman17
06-09-2009, 12:02 PM
we are fine. we are still above .500. the cards just got swept by colorado in a 4 game series. everyone has bad patches, and we have to expect it with the injuries we have right now. this is a young team and the guys that aren't hitting will start hitting, just give them time

Gizmo
06-09-2009, 12:09 PM
Indeed. How many other seasons on June 9 are we above .500 and 3.5 games back? Let's enjoy what we've got and hope it continues into the next month. It's a long season, I love our chances if we're this close in August/September.

jmac
06-09-2009, 01:23 PM
If the Reds could just get Votto, E-Vol, & EE back, there doesnt seem to be that much of a distance between them and the rest of the Central.
The Cards/Cubs seem about the same level as us. Right now, the Brew Crew seems the front-runner.
Gallarado ( however ya spell it ) is looking good and Hoffman has solidified their closing situation.

schmidty622
06-09-2009, 01:46 PM
If the Reds could just get Votto, E-Vol, & EE back, there doesnt seem to be that much of a distance between them and the rest of the Central.
The Cards/Cubs seem about the same level as us. Right now, the Brew Crew seems the front-runner.
Gallarado ( however ya spell it ) is looking good and Hoffman has solidified their closing situation.

Yeah if they can get Votto, EE and Volquez back, say by the all star break, AND add an impact bat at or before the break I could see them making a serious run.

To be honest, I would kind of like to see EE come back and have a hot month or two before the break, and then package him in a deal to Seattle for Beltre.

xavr1
06-09-2009, 02:25 PM
Some mild hope for optimism, depending on how you look at it: At this point last year the Reds were 27-29. Now were 29-27. A positive trend to be sure, but is it enough of an improvement to improve a below average team to a playoff contender? I think we need a lot more offense at this point.

UPRedsFan
06-09-2009, 02:38 PM
Not that I wouldn't love for them to find an impact bat for left field, but frankly, I'm not that worried about the offense in the second half of the season.

- EE will be back and will have his typical hot 2nd half
- Bruce will not be as unlucky in 2nd half as he has been the first half and he'll heat up too
- Hopefully Votto is back
- I can't see Gonzo ending the season around the .200 mark. He'll heat up in the 2nd half
- The bullpen will continue to be strong (may even get better once Burton turns it around)

The competition: I keep waiting for the Cardinals pitching to implode. They just aren't the best staff in the NL. I can't see them finishing with the best team ERA so they are primed for a downfall in the 2nd half. The Brewers don't have the starting rotation to finish on top. And I don't see the Cubs making a big comeback with Ramirez out for the season and now I think I heard that Harden is hurt

jmac
06-09-2009, 02:48 PM
Not that I wouldn't love for them to find an impact bat for left field, but frankly, I'm not that worried about the offense in the second half of the season.

- EE will be back and will have his typical hot 2nd half
- Bruce will not be as unlucky in 2nd half as he has been the first half and he'll heat up too
- Hopefully Votto is back
- I can't see Gonzo ending the season around the .200 mark. He'll heat up in the 2nd half
- The bullpen will continue to be strong (may even get better once Burton turns it around)

The competition: I keep waiting for the Cardinals pitching to implode. They just aren't the best staff in the NL. I can't see them finishing with the best team ERA so they are primed for a downfall in the 2nd half. The Brewers don't have the starting rotation to finish on top. And I don't see the Cubs making a big comeback with Ramirez out for the season and now I think I heard that Harden is hurt
According to OBM's post on the LRG, this seems doubtful now.

Shawn_RedsFan
06-09-2009, 03:31 PM
DeRosa anyone?? I really see him as HUGE possibility now

schmidty622
06-09-2009, 04:23 PM
Well If EE is done for the year the two guys I would really like to see the Reds go after are Beltre and Aubrey Huff. Beltre is by far the better fielder and could probably put up solid numbers for a 3rd baseman in GABP. Huff is the better bat I think and can play some 3rd but not at the level that Beltre can.

jfar23
06-09-2009, 06:09 PM
Good post. It's easy to look at bad offense and get frustrated but that is really the only area this team is not very good in (still a little sketchy base running but leagues better than the past.) The defense is way better. Pitching has more depth and experience.

cbowen2112
06-09-2009, 06:15 PM
I love positive threads like this. It truly sickens me when "Reds fans" talk so much crap about a young, beat up team that is right in the thick of the division race. Kudos:thumbup:

PhillipsHead
06-09-2009, 06:23 PM
Losing makes you impatient.....it happens...

JoeyGears76
06-09-2009, 07:23 PM
if Votto doesnt come back in the near future, we HAVE to pick up a bat somewhere, someone who can hit .300+ with a little pop - we're just lacking consistent high average batter.

If I'm not mistaken, the Mayor is sitting at home doing nothing right now. He might not have the pop you're looking for, but a consistent single or double would do wonders for this offense. He ended last season batting .322. I never did hear why he retired after last season. Anyone know?

BatsExaminer
06-09-2009, 09:08 PM
I agree, I think the Reds have a shot. Hopefully Edwin will come back soon, I am looking forward to seeing him soon down here in Louisville. I'm at the Bats' game right now, looks like we may make it four in a row (up 6-2 in the 4th). I report on the Bats if any of you ever get interested in minor league baseball from a minor league writer. Go to examiner.com, and search Louisville Bats.

Jr's Boy
06-09-2009, 09:11 PM
I like your enthusiasm,I hope Votto can get back soon,because this smoke and mirrors offense won't make it.

Captain Hook
06-09-2009, 09:27 PM
If I'm not mistaken, the Mayor is sitting at home doing nothing right now. He might not have the pop you're looking for, but a consistent single or double would do wonders for this offense. He ended last season batting .322. I never did hear why he retired after last season. Anyone know?

I would be willing to bet that Casey is no where near playing shape at this point.The only way I would want to see Casey again is if it was in a hot dog eating compation against Kruk, Dibble and the Cowboy.My money would be on Casey.